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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by pez2002, Jul 25, 2007.

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  1. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    My vote is for Music Choice also.
  2. Chuck W

    Chuck W Icon

    Mar 26, 2002
    Well, I love the XM channels and MUCH prefer them over Music Choice. When they had Music Choice, me and the wife used to try to listen to it, but we could never find a station that suited our tastes. With XM, there are several that we like to listen to and do, quite often.

    To each their own.
  3. Dolly

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Same here :) Now the XM in my vehicle is great because the sound system is Bose. And who is worried about DJ's I'm tuned into Sports :sunsmile:
  4. Steve Robertson

    Steve Robertson Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2005
    I have Bose on my deck where I listen to music the most and it still don't matter MC is far superior to XM in my mind
  5. Groundhog45

    Groundhog45 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 9, 2005
    Cedar Park,...
    Any service that I pay for shouldn't have a DJ. I just want the music or other content. MC was better for that. I never tune to the XM channels on the D* receivers. My wife always used to tune in the Christmas music on MC but never on XM. It's basically a waste of bandwidth. Let the folks who want satellite music subscribe to whatever they want separately from D*.
  6. Thaedron

    Thaedron Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
  7. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    I liked MC better also. Moreso for the fact I could tell what the station was but the name of the station. Now I have to tune to it so I can find out what they play. Because of that I rarely have it on anymore. [/quot]

    That's a pretty poor reason not to tune in. I mean, terrestrial radio monikers like The Fox, Laser and Kiss don't really tell me the format of the station either. And if most of the stations you can get a good idea what the station plays and even if you don't after listening it makes sense.

    Any service that markets themselves as a radio service should have DJs!

    Never going to happen, so give it up. Music channels are used in retail environments and other commercial establishments, which equals big money. Besides they also provide another great value, inflating the channel count.
    I'm really shocked people actually prefer MC's Sounds of the Season loop over the 5 unique custom programmed Christmas stations on XM. I like Music Choice's Sounds of the Season for everything but Christmas. There is no imagination, last year in a 5 hour listening span I lost track of the number of different versions of Frosty The Snowman I heard. Last year Music Choice used Showcase that is split between Disco and Classic Rap to play traditional Christmas songs, even that wasn’t as good as XMs Holiday Traditions.

    BTW – For those that have broadband from Comcast, Time Warner or Brighthouse you can get Music Choice online streaming for free at 128Kb, it includes all channels, including the ones DirecTV never bothered to add or never made available to residential subscribers, plus a few online exclusives. TW and BHN customers go to rr.com/radio or musicchoice.com and login with your Road Runner email address. Not sure how it works for Comcast.
  8. max1

    max1 Godfather

    Aug 12, 2005
    Personaly I agree I think music choice should have stayed on with D-I tried to listen to the xm channels but couldn't stand them Only ones I liked were big tracks,xm 8xm the blend the rest were pretty week. For me I like the sirius better more music channels to choose from now that I have it in my home and car. We have E now and I have Sirius and Musack for me has a better variety than xm. I can also listen xm on aol as well. Max.
  9. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    My wife and I prefer XM over MC any day. I remember when MC used to play the music loop and you could hear the same songs at the same time every day, on some of their channels.
  10. JJJBBB

    JJJBBB Godfather

    May 26, 2007
    At least Sirius has no ads on their music channels unlike XM.
    Who is this Opie dude anyways? Is he like a Stern WannaBe?
    I did like MC a lot when it was on D*
  11. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Um, maybe you should do some research. You make it sound like XM is full of commercials. XM has commercials on 4 channels because they lost a court case and were forced into it. These 4 channels are not on DirecTV, XM Radio Online, XM on AOL or XM Canada. XM promotes them in no way and they have inhouse commercial free clones of those four stations and in the end it doesn't matter. Both XM and Sirius have 69 commercial free music stations. This is a complete non issue so don’t make it out to be one.

    And by the way, you're the only one that brought O&A up, so I think 'like' you do have an idea of who he is.
  12. JJJBBB

    JJJBBB Godfather

    May 26, 2007
    ic, thanks for the ifo, that's great to know if i ever think of switching. Yes i see his name on D* channel 879, i think in the mornings and simply assumed this was the case.
  13. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    I apologize for being short. The commercial thing was beaten to death last year on the satellite radio sites when the courts ruled in Clear Channels favor and I got sick of it fast. I’m an Opie And Anthony fan, they used to be on WBUF 92.9 here. Howard Stern mornings, Opie and Anthony afternoons.
  14. Redlinetire

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    Jul 24, 2007
    I'm old enough to remember when you bought cable TV (20+ years ago) because of the all the 'commercial free' channels you got. Heck, even AMC was commercial free until a few years ago.

    I'm guessing satellite radio will go to that someday...merger or not...
  15. johern

    johern Legend

    Jan 18, 2007
    I preferr XM. I think it has much better programming than Music Choice.
  16. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    I wasn’t alive/don’t remember back then, but the difference is that for the most part cable companies and the programming providers are independent from each other. So while Warner Cable or TCI Cable had ESPN, MTV, Lifetime and whatever other channels were around back then, they didn’t actually program them. TCI might have all intentions of keeping the medium of cable TV commercial free but the folks at Viacom changed their minds. Again, I'm not sure, just making a guess since I wasn't alive then :) For the most part all of XMs and Sirius’ music channels are programmed inhouse, except for the CBC Radio stations on Sirius and the two channels on XM from WorldsSpace Satellite Radio.

    I do believe satellite radio will stay commercial free for a very long time to come, as it's a major selling point.
  17. texasmoose

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    May 24, 2007
    XM's Boneyard isnt that good either, but at least it plays songs that you don't hear all the time, like MC's Arena rock. The DJ's do sucketh though, and if I hear anymore "Rush, Extreme or White Lion" again my wife & I are gonna scream! Lord knows Arena rock played them alot as well, just the same tune over & over & over again. "When the children cry", my wife and I couldn't find the remote fast enough.
  18. bobnielsen

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    Hmmm, could Media Share support reception of internet radio stations?
  19. cbeckner80

    cbeckner80 Godfather

    Apr 19, 2006
    Let's go back MANY years ago, even FM had fewer commercials. OOPS! Just admitted how old I am.

    I remember about 10 years ago when I first went with E*, there were commercials, but not as many as today. Of course some of that are the networks themselves. We get about 45 minutes out of an hours program. Used to be about one minute commercials years ago, now your lucky if they keep them down to 3 minutes.:nono2:
  20. NickD

    NickD Legend

    Apr 5, 2007
    Personally to me it does not matter. I do like XM, but I already have XM in my truck, my wife's car and the boombox. How often do you guys listen/watch the music channels? I have put the stations on while eating dinner, cooking or doing things around the house to only have the station change to record something. For me it is just easier to have my stereo turned on. JMHO
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